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Week 2/2020 slot games releases

George Miller

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Let’s have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

NetEnt is ramping up the excitement factor in its latest, enchanting slot release, Gold Money Frog™. This Asian-themed title offers three progressive Jackpots. Players searching for gold trinkets in this 5-reel, 3- row title can expect gameplay bursting with engaging features, combining Wild substitutions, Scatterwins, Free Spins and a Jackpot Bonus Wheel to boost retention rates. The bonus round offers a progressive jackpot with three prize-levels, Super, Major, and Minor. Set amongst a traditional lotus garden, Gold Money Frog™ is a visually appealing slot with beautifully designed graphics that add color and sparkle to the immersive gaming experience.

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Following a successful 2019, the slot specialists are not resting on their laurels and have already started their release schedule for what is going to be their busiest year for game releases yet. Legacy of Dead is the first of 52 planned releases for the calendar year and is a 5-reel slot based around the mythology of Ancient Egypt. The story centers around an Egyptian King, released from death in the quest for power and riches. The game’s design follows its thee very closely, and the early release of the title signals the company’s intent for this year, as told by CEO Johan Törnqvist: “2019 was a record-breaking year for us, and we plan to reach even higher for 2020.

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Kicking off the year with steady momentum following a strong 2019 for Nolimit City. The studio that fronted games like Tombstone, Tractor Beam, and Dragon Tribe is excited to unveil their first release of the year, Poison Eve. A slot that brings a mix of familiarity to the old school, whilst mixing up some new ideas to deliver a heavy punching game. Poison Eve is designed with a 5-reel, 3-row layout, showcasing 12 symbols across a 20 win-line frame. Feature-rich gameplay with three core features that players get to enjoy. Connect Expanding Wilds in the base game and chase for two main features; Liquid Magic, land stacked Eve fully on the first reel and she’ll transform all poison liquid bottles to the highest paying symbol, Eve!

 

Relax Gaming, the innovative content provider and aggregation platform, is pitting knights against a giant snake in its latest, heart-racing release Snake Arena. The fiery 5×5, 30 fixed payline slot immerses players in a battlefield where brave knights go head-to-head with a slithering serpent, creating a maximum volatility gaming experience with wins of up to 2758.8x bet.

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NetGaming, the creative casino games studio, has released its latest thrilling slot, Infinity Battle. The immersive 3×5 slot title sees heroes The Blue Bolt and Green Archer attempt to thwart the plans of the evil Firestrike. The slot is packed with exciting wilds, multipliers, special quests and a number of other engaging features. Infinity Battle gives players an opportunity to win free spins and bonus picks when three or more Mask of Mystery bonus symbols land on the reels at the same time.

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Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots, live casino and bingo, has launched its latest hit, Buffalo King. The 4×6 slot is set on the great plains of America, with the fearsome creatures of the wild filling the reels. Buffalo symbols are stacked on reels and offer significant win potential. When three golden bonus symbols hit the reels at the same time, the free spins mode is triggered transporting players to the plains at night, as buffaloes rampage across the screen. Free spins can be retriggered to earn up to 100 free spins, with wild multipliers up to 5x.

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Blueprint Gaming has hit the sweet spot with the launch of its new candy-filled game, Sweet Success Megaways™. In this first release of 2020, any win triggers the candy cascades to allow players to win again and again. Four or more winning cascades awards players entry into the Pick’N’Mix round, where they choose a variety of sweets which unwrap to reveal cash value or a number of free spins. After any Pick’N’Mix round, players have the chance to collect the BonBon Bonus Spins, where there are both cash prizes and free spins up for grabs.

Experience the sugar rush with Blueprint Gaming’s Sweet Success Megaways™

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Jogo do Bicho – Ever Heard About the Largest Lottery in the World?

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Still quite popular as an illegal gambling game in Brazil, Jogo Do Bicho (the animal game) has been prohibited by law since the 1940s. The game is mainly used by mobsters as a lottery-type drawing using daily state lottery draws.

These mobsters facilitating the animal game are known as Contraventores (“Bankers”). Let’s take a closer look at where it all began, and the game’s influence on Brazilian culture today.

History of the Popular Game

Joao Batista Viana Drummond, a Brazilian born Englishman and the ‘originator’ of Jogo Do Bicho, encouraged visitors to guess the type of animal that he would hide behind a curtain as a publicity stunt and became very popular with it. The game then became a big numbers game of animals being assigned to 25 different set of numbers.

Many believe that the popularity of the game grew to such an extent because of the large or small wages that could be bet. No limit or minimum wage was required to put down a wager.

Sometimes motivated by corruption and to crack the cycle of gambling, the policies on acceptance of the game grew larger until gambling was prohibited by federal law in 1946. Even though being illegal in most Brazilian states, the game was still thriving.

In 1966, Sao Paulo Police had a successful crackdown operation on the game that grew to an annually grossing of US$500 Million and employed roughly 1% of Brazilian workers. The crackdown operation was quietly resolved.

 

Where It Can Be Played

The only state in Brazil that have legalised the game and where it is regulated is Paraiba. As any amount may be wagered it can be quite dangerous and it is the only state-operated lottery where wagers are not limited to a maximum amount.

It is illegal in Rio de Janeiro, although the game is quite popular. The same goes for 25 states in Brazil where the game is illegal. Thanks to Brazilian legislation, anyone playing the animal game in any of the states where it is illegal, may be persecuted by law.

How It Works

The game works with mnemonic associations using the draw numbers with a selection of 25 random animals. For Example, choosing the number 1 the animal name would be Ostrich, Using the number 2 will count for Eagle and the number three would be used for Donkey.

Each of the 25 animals would have four numbers between one and one hundred assigned to them.

An example of how one would start your game is to bet one Brazilian Real on an animal, but one can also choose combined numerals assigned to an animal.

The bankers consist of managers, operators and dealers. Players place their bets at point-of-sale (“Pontos”) sites where dealers collect money as well as keep records of all the bets and send the records through to the operator who is also in charge of the draws.

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Finding your dealer to place your bet is pretty easy as they are seen in almost every corner of every street with a very specific appearance with floral printed shirts, sunglasses and cigars usually waiting by their “Pontos” which is usually small wooden boxes or simple stools.

On the drawing days, phone lines get clogged beyond belief, with phone companies naming them “Bicho hours”. The drawing which is usually held in local Bicho headquarters at 2 pm is always quickly distributed by taxi or scribbled notes, as well as scribbled on designated walls and destinations with chalk.

Influence on Brazilian Culture

In Brazilian society, Jogo Do Bicho has had a big impact on the culture whether they have been involved in the game or not, with the significant association of the number twenty-four in Brazilian politics, sports and homosexuality.

Influence on Brazilian Sport

With 24 being the number of the deer animal in the game of Jogo Do Bicho, and the deer being associated with gay men, the number has caused some difficulties with professional athletes. As male athletes heavily avoid number 24 jerseys, they are always dissatisfied when forced to wear a number 24 jersey.

With the zebra animal not being in the game of Jogo Do Bicho, the team manager of the Portuguesa football Team “Gentil Cardoso” once described their chances against opposing team “Vasco da Gama” as drawing a zebra in Jogo Do Bicho.

Therefore, insinuating that it would be impossible as they are a much weaker team. As Portuguesa did win that game, the zebra has since been used in Brazil for sports defeats.

Number thirteen has also been significant in sports and is the number for the rooster in the Jogo Do Bicho game. The number is also used by two different football teams.

A football club from Paraiba “Treze Futebol Clube” uses the rooster as their mascot as the meaning of “Treze” is thirteen. Another football club also using the rooster as their mascot is “Clube Atletico Mineiro” as their supporters expected the year 2013 to be the year of the rooster and won the Libertadores cup in 2013.

Influence on Brazilian Politics

In politics, many LGBT candidates use the number 24 in their campaigns to be seen as being associated with the LGBT movement.

The number is also used by heterosexual politicians in the case that they have an Anti-LGBT agenda or not. The Brazilian senate has 81 senators, not one of the senators use the number 24 in their cabinet.

Even though the animal game is still illegal in most states in Brazil, it remains one of the most popular games in the country and is considered to be the largest lottery in the world.

 

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32Red Launches New Responsible Gambling Campaign Featuring Wayne Rooney

Niji Narayan

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32Red, the sponsor of Derby County FC, has launched its latest responsible gambling campaign featuring Wayne Rooney.

32Red released the video as part of their ongoing commitment to encourage responsible gambling, with Rooney at the forefront of the move.

The former Manchester United and England captain, now with Derby, appears in the video along with boxer Carl Frampton and jockey Paddy Brennan.

In the minute-long video, Rooney, 34, who has been open about his own gambling issues in the past, looks straight into the camera and says: “Do you gamble responsibly?”, as well as encouraging gamblers to “set limits on your play” and “how long you play for.”

Neil Banbury, 32Red managing director, said it was vital to have someone with Rooney’s profile and global reach to deliver and get across such an important message.

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#MBGS2020VE announces Sören Meius, Estonian Ministry of Finance among the speakers

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Virtual Edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit addresses global industry topics on the 7th of May.

With numerous gambling industry experts joining the panel discussions at the Virtual Edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, we are taking time today to introduce you to Sören Meius, Estonian Ministry of Finance.

Sören Meius has been working for the Estonian Ministry of Finance for 15 years, drafting laws and regulations and being in charge of the policy development in the gambling and AML/CFT areas.

While she was the leading lawyer responsible for the drafting and implementation of Estonian Gambling Act (2008), her current role is more focussed on the AML/CFT issues, having drafted also the Estonian Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (both 2007 and 2017 versions) and chairing the EU council working group that concluded the agreement on AMLD 5 during Estonian Presidency of the EU in 2017.

You can reach Sören via hers social media accounts found here or you can hear her input on the important subjects the industry is facing during our virtual conference. Register now to book your seat! 

By registering to the conference you are receiving access to the Virtual Conference Room and you can book your meeting with attending delegates in the Virtual Deal Room. The networking platform will be opened on the 23rd of April, giving you access to set meetings with prospects, partners, and experts.

The Virtual Edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is the first announced virtual conference of the gambling industry and is part of the solutions we provide for quality networking and learning in the gambling industry.

For further inquiries about  the speaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an email to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) or subscribe to the weekly newsletter on the following link.

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alex Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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